Police have taken eight guns off Birmingham’s streets in the last month
Written by Tristan Harris on November 23, 2018
WEST Midlands Police have taken eight guns off the streets in the last month, including one linked to gun crime in the Second City.
Revolvers and shotguns have been among the deadly weapons seized, while several people have been arrested in connection with the discoveries.
Among the places where weapons have been seized are Stirchley, Northfield, Druids Heath and two in Balsall Heath.
Ch Insp Phil Cape, who leads a team dedicated to tackling organised crime and gangs, said: “Our work to take guns and those who use them off the streets is progressing at a really rapid pace.
“Around the clock, officers are developing intelligence, working with people and partners, searching addresses, cars and public spaces.
“We are absolutely dedicated to reducing the harm or potential harm caused by serious and organised crime and work with many agencies to do that.”
He added he and the force was fully aware of the impact shootings had, not just on those directly affected, but whole communities and the wider West Midlands.
“But we can’t do it without the help from those communities.
“Young people are especially at risk from exploitation and we rely on intelligence about who is trying to control them, who has access to guns, where they are kept and who is using them.
“If people suspect something, we’d urge them to get in touch.
“Police and partners are here to help prevent crime and protect our young people. If you have a concern, call us.”
Anyone with any information on firearms in Birmingham report the information anonymously to 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.